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On Friday, June 13, 2014, leaders organized by CCAC, in partnership with the Alliance for Regional Development, participated in a special planning charrette focusing on the Gary/Chicago International Airport and undeveloped land in the surrounding area. (Read the City of Gary Press Release in PDF format.)

In response to a special invitation from Gary, Indiana, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, CCAC Executive Director Kelly O’Brien worked closely with Gary Mayoral Advisor Bo Kemp and Steve Forrer, Executive Vice President of AFCO/AvPORTS, the City of Gary’s real estate development partner, to coordinate the participation by CCAC and the Alliance.

The breakout teams focused on topics including airport development, off-airport development, transportation, and sustainability. Final presentations by the charette working teams before a distinguished panel of local elected officials as well as community stakeholders and members of the public were a great success, and will be helpful to all partners as redevelopment efforts move forward.

CCAC would especially like to thank for their participation Erik Andersen and Tyler Meyr (Forum Studio), Luke Leung and Jason Stanley (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), Chuck McCoy (LendLease), Tom Siwula (C&S Companies), and Steve Wilson (urban designer/architect). The charrette leaders reported back to CCAC members at the July 8, 2014 CCAC meeting and a legacy report was drafted to document our participation in the charrette. (Note: The CCAC legacy document is not an official charrette document and separate from any final official document that may be released by the City of Gary or AFCO/AvPORTS.)

Download the CCAC Gary Charrette legacy document (PDF).

 

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